Knowledge of Sin is the Beginning of Salvation

The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation. I could be quoting that from many sources. This one happens to be the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca. At times he sounds so much like the Apostle Paul that it is painful.

One gimmick that always worked for humor in cartoons is to exaggerate an action with consequences poised in suspense until the character realizes his predicament. Take the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons. The coyote would miss the roadrunner running off the top of a cliff. But he didn’t drop until he realized there was no ground beneath his feet.

That works metaphorically with us. We just go on our merry way with our hateful attitudes or sexual affairs or consuming too much food or drink or carrying that grudge against someone.

Then one day it all comes crashing down around us. Health, relationships, finances.


We wake up before reaching the edge of the cliff. Stop. Think it over. Realize what we’re doing. Understand the consequences of the direction we’re traveling. And allow salvation to heal us.

Or you will be like the subject of The Rolling Stones song:

You better stop, look around

Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes

Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown

Keith Richards/Mick Jagger

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